Backpack search appropriate

 

Re the Dec. 27 story Court: School cleared in gun search: Judge Linda Wells, of the Third District Court of Appeal, has desecrated the deaths of every teacher who has died in line of duty. As teachers, we, too, protect and serve children with ominous concern for our lives and those of our charges.

Her dissent on the search of a Northwestern High School student’s backpack is an affront to every teacher, administrator and student in this community. Had they not searched that backpack, finding the loaded handgun, and some atrocity happened, would she be sitting on her perch asking why was it not searched and why was the tip not followed up on?

My respect goes to the police officers, administrators and staff that acted so quickly to prevent further violence. This teen must learn the lesson that his actions have consequences, not that he will be coddled and given excuses to continue on this path of aggression.

Maruja Gonzalez, Miami

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